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DSI to seek arrest warrant for former monk

Posted by Nuttapon_S On July - 15 - 2013

BANGKOK, July 15 – The Special Investigation Department (DSI) will seek court approval for an arrest warrant for Mr Wiraphon Sukphon, previously known as Luang Pu Nen Kham when he was a Buddhist monk, for alleged violation of the Computer Crime Act and for the rape of an underage girl, the DSI chief said Monday.

Speaking after meeting with the investigation team, Tarit Pengdith said the DSI will ask the court to issue the warrant tomorrow. Once the warrant is approved, the agency will ask the National Buddhism Office to seek revocation of Mr Wiraphon’s passport through the Consular Affairs Department. The DSI then will ask the United States to deport the former monk to face charges in Thailand.  The US is said to be willing to cooperate on visa cancellation as sexual abuse is considered a serious offence.

The DSI will also freeze Mr Wiraphon’s known assets, including 41 bank accounts, Mr Tarit said. Other financial institutions have been asked to alert the DSI if any other accounts are found to be linked to the former monk so that they may be confiscated. All vehicles and plots of land found belonging to Mr Wiraphon will also be confiscated.

Mr Tarit said the DSI requested the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to also freeze assets of Mr Wiraphon’s relatives, associates and nominees nationwide.

On Thursday the agency will send a lawyer to ask the Si Sa Ket Provincial Juvenile and Family Court to order that the 11-year-old boy said to be a son of the former monk be legalised as his son so the boy could be entitled to inherit Wiraphon’s assets acquired lawfully.

A hot line number 090-123-1230 has been set up for the public to report any useful information about ill-gotten gains of Wiraphon or any suspicious person or group linked to the former monk.

The DSI chief however declined to confirm the former monk’s whereabouts even though he is reported to be staying in the US. (MCOT online news)

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